New Zealand next host Bangladesh in a series of three ODIs and three Tests. For the first wicket, the two unsafe batsmen added 80 runs in under 8 overs.
The pair raced to 80 in the eighth over when the lightning hands of MS Dhoni had Seifert stumped by a hair's breadth for 43.
"The biggest positive for India was MS Dhoni because his performance from the past one year didn't show he will go to the World Cup".
The Black Caps made 212 for four, with Colin Munro top-scoring for the hosts with 72 off 40 balls.
New Zealand, sent into bat, made 212 for four with India 208 for six at the close. While the rest of the Indian bowlers had to face the brunt of the Kiwi batsmen, Kuldeep Yadav bowled his four overs outstandingly at an economy rate of 6.50 in addition to picking up two wickets. Having regularly lost middle-order wickets, India gave the impression of lacking behind in the chase. After losing his opening partner, Rohit Sharma built a crucial partnership with Vijay Shankar. In between these two dismissals, the Kiwis also got the wicket of a settled Rohit Sharma to tilt the odds in their favour.
The Black Caps ended India's run of 10 Twenty20 global series without a defeat.
Runs came thick and fast as skipper Kane Williamson contributed 27 and Colin de Grandhomme produced a crucial 30-run cameo off 16-balls.
Having levelled the score 1-1 in Auckland, India will look to become the first team to seal a T20I series in New Zealand when they head into the third and final match at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. Even the 200 plus strike rates of Karthik and Krunal could not help India win the match. The former however is being criticised for refusing to take a single when India needed 14 runs off 4 balls in the final over.